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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jun 18, 2011 9:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH from 1991, Any Takers?

I love Wharf Rat, of course, but other than the novelty of it, opening with that song would have been a terrible idea.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Jun 18, 2011 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH from 1991, Any Takers?

I don't see why. The opened shows with "Morning Dew" before (9/27/72 being just one example) and it seems to have worked.
It certainly would have shaken things up a bit, and therefore worth a try in my opinion.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jun 19, 2011 6:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH from 1991, Any Takers?

Dew is a perfectly wonderful opening number! I was talking about Wharf Rat.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Jun 20, 2011 6:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH from 1991, Any Takers?

Right- what I'm saying is that I don't see why any Jerry ballad would be a bad choice for an opener. Crazy Fingers and Dew both worked; I think Wharf Rat might have been a nice change-up. Moot point now, though.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jun 20, 2011 7:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH from 1991, Any Takers?

I agree that Dew and Crazy Fingers were nice openers, but those were hardly ballads in those days. Dew was played much faster in '68, with a lot more pop and verve. Crazy Fingers a la '76 bubbled with playful excitement. But opening with Wharf -- a slow, reflection on life and loss --just doesn't make sense to me in the flow of a GD show.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Jun 21, 2011 8:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH from 1991, Any Takers?

I'm aware they played it faster in the primal era, but "Dew" was certainly a ballad in 1972. But I really think we've wandered down a rabbit hole here. The point really was that we know Hornsby suggested shake-ups to the overall set structure but was often met with resistance by Jerry. The Wharf Rat opener idea was actually an example given by Hornsby in recalling these conversations; whether or not it was a good choice seems secondary to the idea that Hornsby was trying to get them thinking outside the box a bit.

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